What is the Best Sleeping Position for Better Health?

The best sleeping position is the one which gives you the best night’s sleep. Whether you’re a back, side or front sleeper, you should choose the sleeping position which makes you feel the most comfortable and supported to improve your sleep quality and overall health.

Learn about the benefits and disadvantages of common sleeping positions below and find out how to make each one better with the perfect pillow.

Sleeping on your back

Benefits: Sleeping on your back is normally the best position for your spine, because your body stays in a flat, neutral position. By having the correct spinal alignment, you can minimise back pain, plus alleviate any pressure points which are causing discomfort at night.

Disadvantages: If you snore or have sleep apnoea, you might find that your symptoms are worse when sleeping on your back. In this position, your tongue and jaw relax, obstructing your airways, which can make it hard to breathe.

Top pillow for back sleepers

Back sleepers should try a contour pillow, which has a unique shape to elevate your head slightly and reduce snoring. Or if you need something specifically designed for sleep apnoea sufferers, see the Memory Foam Advanced CPAP Pillow, which is recommended by the NHS and British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association.

Side sleeping

Benefits: Sleeping on your side is said to be the most popular sleeping position, as many think it’s very comfortable. It can also prevent snoring or sleep apnoea as your airways are less likely to be obstructed.

Disadvantages: Side sleepers sometimes suffer from sore hips or shoulder pain, as this position can misalign your spine.

Top pillow for side sleepers

Opt for a supportive pillow like the Silentnight Memory Foam Pillow, designed to improve your natural spine alignment while keeping your body fully supported during sleep, minimising any aches and pains.

Foetal position

Benefits: Sleeping curled up in the foetal position is a variant of the popular side sleeping position, so it offers all the same health benefits, like reduced snoring. The foetal position can also be good for pregnant women, as it promotes good blood circulation for your baby.

Disadvantages: You might experience stiffness from the foetal position, so it’s not good if you already have aching joints or muscles. Sleeping curled up might also help to lessen lower back pain temporarily, but this is just a short-term fix which could leave you in more discomfort if your spine is misaligned.

Top pillow if you sleep in the foetal position

Make sure your back stays neutral and choose a Memory Foam Knee Pillow, which comfortably fits between the knees, keeping your spine properly aligned when sleeping in the foetal position.

Sleeping on your front

Benefits: You’re less likely to snore, but that’s the only advantage of front sleeping.

Disadvantages: Sleeping on your front is considered as the worst sleeping position because it doesn’t support your spine properly. It can strain your joints and cause back or neck pain, so it’s not recommended.

Top pillow for front sleepers

If you can’t stop front sleeping, use an adaptable pillow like the Simba Hybrid. You can remove part of the filling from this pillow to make it as thin as possible, so your body remains flatter when sleeping on your front. 

Is it better to sleep on your left or right side?

Sleeping on your left is thought to be the best side for improved gut health and lessening acid reflux symptoms. However, you should try sleeping on both your left and right side to see which is the most comfortable for you. Pregnant women are recommended to sleep on the left to improve blood flow to the baby, but always check with your doctor for advice.
No matter what your favourite sleeping position is, having the right pillow can give you a better night’s sleep. Browse our online range of memory foam pillows to find your perfect fit today or take our perfect pillow quiz.

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